Arthur Holder

​​​​​(1874 – 1952) | Athleti​​cs

Arthur Holder

Inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

Ran the world’s fastest 440 yards hurdles time of 58.8sec at Auckland in 1897 over 3ft 6in hurdles compared with 3ft hurdles in other countries.

At the same New Zealand championships, Holder won the 120 yards hurdles, 250 and 440 yards sprints and was runner-up in the 100 yards.

The same year he also won the Australasian 440 yards hurdles championship.

Holder, who had stood down for three years to switch from professional to amateur ranks at the age of 23, won the New Zealand 120 yards hurdles in 1898 but a ruptured stomach in the 400 yards hurdles final ended his running career.

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